Marvel Studios Reportedly in Talks with Unexpected Actor for Wonder Man Role

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to be a dominant force in the world of entertainment and with the franchise ever-expanding, we're set to be introduced to the next crop of superheroes who will defend the universe in future phases. Currently, the MCU's slate for Phases 5 and 6 is already set in stone but Marvel Studios is still actively developing a number of films and shows that will keep fans glued to the franchise for the next decade.

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One show fans should be on the lookout for is the upcoming Wonder Man series helmed by Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings director Destin Daniel Cretton. Details about the Disney+ series have remained scarce but it looks like Kevin Feige and his casting crew have already found the project's titular hero. According to a scoop from ScreenGeek, Aquaman star Yahya Abdul-Mateen is currently in talks to play Simon Williams in the series.

While the specifics of the Black Manta actor's casting weren't disclosed, the outlet notes aside from Abdul-Mateen, two other actors are also being scouted for the series — a female lead and Williams’ manager. In case you weren't aware, Simon is a failed actor in the comics before becoming an Avenger.

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This potential casting comes as a huge surprise because as most of you may know, Simon Williams is traditionally a caucasian in the comics. But this isn't the first time Marvel Studios has racially bent a character and by today's standards, it shouldn't really be a shocker. Personally, I think Yahya is better suited for a different role but if the studio sees something in him, we just have to trust their judgment.

That said, details about Marvel Studios' Wonder Man project are still under wraps.